I was wondering about this as I pondered the origin of another Op Shop doll. Of course there will be collectible dolls. The sort that is produced for collectors especially, the Franklin Mint, the Reborns and many other dolls of all types. But what about play dolls? Will anyone collect those? What play dolls of today will be the beloved collectible of fifty years into the future?
Collectible play dolls of the past.
Most of our dolls excluding the modern fashion dolls, we keep because they were childhood dolls or replacements for childhood dolls or perhaps dolls we would like to have had. Other old dolls we bought because we liked their faces or they are interesting for some other reason. They were all dolls that were made to be played with.
So I wonder if children who are playing with the modern versions of Baby Born, Baby Alive, Bratz and so on will collect them in later life? It’s possible I guess but what about all those mass-produced, unmarked dolls that are produced by the container load in China, sold in chain stores and after a short play life abandoned at Op Shops or in the rubbish? Will anyone collect them or research where they came from and write about them?
What do you think?